Jeff Thompson is the President and majority owner of Benchmark Management LLC, a Florida vacation rental and property management business focused on Highway 30A. After vacationing in the Florida Panhandle for years, he retired to the area in 2016. It was during this relocation process and looking at properties that the real estate bug bit him. In April 2017 after 12 months of “retirement”, Jeff acquired his first vacation rental business – managing 35 units. Most recently Benchmark Management has acquired Garrett Realty Services, a property management company with a rich history in NW Florida. Benchmark is now home to over 430 units and 40 employees. Prior to Jeff’s move to Florida and entry into the vacation rental management business, Jeff served for 13 years in various executive leadership roles at Berry Global, a large, international packaging manufacturer headquartered in Evansville, Indiana. Jeff most recently served as the EVP of Berry’s international division, and prior to that role, served as that Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel and Secretary of the company. In these roles, Jeff was instrumental in the company’s emergence as one of the world’s largest packaging companies, growing from $500 million to more than $12 billion in revenue today.